Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute
Carlos Malamud is a Senior Analyst for Latin America at the Elcano Royal Institute, and Professor of Latin American History at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, Spain. He is a Corresponding Member of the National Academy of History of Argentina. In 2015 Esglobal included him among the ‘50 most influential Iberoamerican intellectuals’.
Prof Malamud has been a Senior Associate Member (SAM) of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and a visiting researcher at the Universidad de los Andes (Corona Chair), Colombia, and at Di Tella Institute in Buenos Aires. Between 1986 and 2002 he directed the Latin American programme of the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset, of which he has also been Deputy Director. He began his academic career working on the economic history of the Spanish and Latin American colonial period and then specialised in 19th and 20th century Latin American political history. He has lectured at the Complutense University and at San Pablo CEU, both in Madrid.
He has written numerous books and articles on Latin American history, and his most recent publications include: Populismos latinoamericanos. Los tópicos de ayer, de hoy y de siempre (Ed. Nobel, Oviedo, 2010); Historia de América (Alianza, Madrid, 2010), second expanded edition; Sin marina, sin tesoro y casi sin soldados. La financiación de la reconquista de América, 1810-1826 (Centro de Estudios Bicentenario, Santiago de Chile, 2007).
Prof Malamud has also edited a number of works, including the following: Why Latin America does matter? (Elcano Royal Institute, 2018); Ruptura y reconciliación. España y el reconocimiento de las independencias latinoamericanas (Taurus-Fundación Mapfre, Madrid, 2012); with Elizabeth Joyce, Latin America and the Multinational Drug Trade (London, 1998); and with Eduardo Posada Carbó, The Financing of Politics: Latin American and European Perspectivas (London, 2005).
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